Dezenhall, Mr. Mervin Benjamin, - Beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, passed away at home with family and friends on Tuesday November 29, 2016. He was 86 years old. Mervin was born in Camden, NJ and grew up in both Camden and Trenton, NJ. He lived, at various times, in Levittown, PA, Douglaston, NY and Cherry Hill, NJ. He attended Trenton High School, graduating in 1948. He was a proud graduate and honored alumnus of The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, graduating in 1953. He was a member of the AZO fraternity. Mervin had two careers, first as a Registered Pharmacist. He was a pioneer in the retail pharmacy industry, operating stores in Ridley Park, PA, Willingboro, NJ, and Bristol, PA. He worked along side his father Samuel in the stores, and then with his daughter Jill - the second of a three generation pharmacy family. He reinvented himself as the owner of The Closeout Group! Inc., at the beginning of the growth of the off price industry. The Closeout Group! expanded into many other avenues, opening complementary businesses in other industries, including Socks, Tools, and Stationery. In his early years, Mervin was a founding member of Temple Shalom in Levittown, PA. A philanthropist, in his later years, he supported the Cancer Foundation for Personal Appearance. Mervin was predeceased by the mother of his children, Ellen May Glickman. Mervin is survived by his wife Leanora Dezenhall, his brother Jacob Dezenhall, his sister Beverly Hersh, his daughters Jill Dezenhall, Amy Jaffe, and Beth Simons (Chuck), his son Keith Dezenhall (Susan),his step daughter Lee Michel (Fritz), step son Frank Rezza (Alicia), his cousin Joyce DeMesquita, his in-laws Bette and Michael Osborn, and his grandchildren; Michael and David Simons, Jesse and Dylan Jaffe, Stella and Cleo Michel, and Hayden and Maddie Rezza, as well as many other family members and friends. Relatives and friends are invited Thursday December 1, 2016 beginning 10:45 AM to: PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. 2001 Haddonfield - Berlin Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 where funeral services will begin promptly at 11:30 AM. Interment Crescent Memorial Park, Pennsauken, NJ. Shiva will be observed at the Dezenhall home Thursday, Friday until sundown, and Sunday. Memorials may be made to: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA, The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, or The Cancer Foundation of Personal Appearance in Cherry Hill, NJ.

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Michelle Bell

My sincere sympathy to you and your dear love ones. May you find comfort in these words found at 1Cor. 1:3 Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our trials so that we may be able to comfort others in any sort of trial with the comfort that we receive from God. The comfort that we can get from God regarding our decease is that at John 5:28-29 talks about a resurrection hope on earth. So the resurrection tells us about Jehovah's love and undeserved kindness. If you want to learn more, please go to

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